By Matt Farr
Steve Bruce is expected to make just one change to his Aston Villa starting eleven when they take on QPR in the Championship on Tuesday night.
23-year-old winger Jordan Amavi is expected to replace Scott Hogan if the striker is not deemed fit enough to play a key role in the tie.
Hogan was forced off after just 37 minutes with an ankle knock during the recent 2-0 win over Norwich, and may be a doubt for Tuesday’s clash.
But Bruce is expected to pay tribute to an impressive performance by making no further changes to his side, meaning ten players retain their places.
Following the Norwich victory, Bruce saluted the goalkeeping display of Sam Johnstone, and the Aston Villa loanee is expected to retain his place in between the sticks against QPR.
The back-four is also expected to remain unaltered, with Nathan Baker retaining his place alongside James Chester since his return from injury.
Neil Taylor and Alan Hutton are set to continue as Bruce’s premier full-back options, despite James Bree being back in contention following a short lay-off.
The impressive Mile Jedinak has returned to his more familiar midfield role after an impressive stint as a makeshift centre-back, where he will partner Conor Hourihane.
Amavi’s return to the attack, meanwhile, sees the 23-year-old take up arms on the left-flank, where he will have both Henri Lansbury and Albert Adomah to his right.
He came off the bench as Hogan’s replacement to adopt a similar role against Norwich, and he is likely to continue in the role from the start against QPR.
The red hot Jonathan Kodjia, unsurprisingly, is expected to lead the line for Aston Villa. The 27-year-old has netted 17 goals this season.
A win for Aston Villa could see them continue their late surge towards the promotion race by jumping ahead of Derby into the Championship’s top ten.
In other Aston Villa team news, Bruce has delivered his verdict on Kodjia ahead of the summer transfer window.